ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The men’s and women’s cross country team kicked off their 2016 season with an excellent performance at the Lobo Invitational on Saturday morning. Both teams ran a 5K race at the UNM North Golf Course.
The Miners proved their talent as both men’s and women’s team won in their categories. The men scored a total of 18 points while the women tallied a total of 21 points.
UTEP competed against New Mexico, NM State, and Eastern New Mexico.
On the men’s side, the Miners clinched the top-three spots with Cosmas Boit, and Daniel Cheruiyot tying for first with a time of 15:12.2. Antony Kosgei followed closely behind for third with a time of 15:12.4.
Evans Kiprono (16:07.50) came in 12th place with Emmanuel Korir (16:13.20) tailing in closely behind.
Gladys Jerotich and Lillian Koech were the top finishers for the UTEP women’s team, covering the 5K course with a time of 19:07.6 to tie for 38th overall. The following members of the women’s team finished as a group, with Winny Koech (19:22.90) taking 41st, Kayla Pallares (19:23.10) finishing 42nd, and Linda Cheruiyot (19:26.70) taking 44th.
Truphena Sum (20:34.10) and Veronica Alvarez (22:25.70) rounded up the remainder of the Miners’ team with 54th and 61st finishes, respectively.
“I am proud of both the Miner men and women cross country teams for their excellent performance at the meet today,” stated head coach Paul Ereng. “We wanted to break the ice today, and we now know the areas which need to be attended to as far as practice is concerned.”
The Miners’ efforts today showed the collective talents within both men’s and women’s teams that will continue to push forward as the season builds up.
“ Our next two meets will prepare us to be ready when we run the big teams at Notre Dame at the end of the month,” said Ereng.
The Miners will continue the action throughout the next couple weeks as they host their only home meet of the season at the Lori Fitzgerald Classic next weekend, followed by the Kachina Classic in Las Cruces, N.M., on September 17.